Simple Slouch Knit-Along // Casting On
Feb 23, 2015
Who's excited to start casting on for their Simple Slouch hat today!?
This post is very picture-heavy, as I'll be sharing how to both make a slip knot, as well as perform the long-tail cast-on.I tried to get as much detail of each technique as possible, so if you're new to any of this, you should be able to follow along with ease! You should end up with stitches on your needle similar to the photo above, when you're done with these steps!
The long-tail cast on is called this because you start with a long tail of yarn, which gets used as you cast on the stitches you'll need for your project. I find that if I pull the end of yarn out the length of my arm twice, I'll have plenty of yarn for my cast on. There may be a fair bit left over, but you'll have enough yarn in your skein of acrylic yarn that that extra bit won't matter.
To start our long tail cast on, you make a slip knot.You'll wrap the end of your yarn around your finger, and pull the yarn that's attached to your ball of yarn through the hole you've made. It will look a bit like a pretzel while it's loose, and will pull tight very nicely. If you've done it right, you'll be able to use the end of the yarn to tighten and loosen the loop.
Now, repeat these cast on steps until you have the right number of stitches on your needles for the size you're making. I'm making a hat for Owen, so I'm casting on the child's sized hat, which has 72 stitches.
Below is a video from You Tube that shows the long tail cast on. The video is from Knit Picks, a brand I trust, and so I know the quality and directions are perfection.
Wednesday we'll begin with the knit stitch, so be sure to ask any questions you may have in the comments, and don't forget to hashtag your projects #simpleslouchKAL on Instagram!